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newest combofix showing as infected ??

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#1 spameaterz


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:33 AM

seems like every couple of months, i see this behavior - any ideas why ?? yeah, i know that sometimes things get misflagged, but by 8 AV companies at once ? https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/1d84b39efb18a69cbf5d6bda8a69936a08b3b01e888dee1a9c332d012b71fb0c/analysis/1409059608/

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#2 myrti



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:40 AM



ComboFix is a very powerful tool, to be able to do what it does, it has to have capabilities that you will often find in malware as well:

Forcefully kill a running process, scan running processes, scan files on the system, etc.. These are typical behaviours you will see both in AV and anti-malware tools (trying to find malware and kill it) and malware (trying to find AVs and kill it). Therefore these anti-malware tools are very prone to false positives.. Much more than, say, a music player or a video player.


Unfortunately this can't really be changed, unless one of the two stops going after the other.. But we both know this won't happen.




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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:11 PM

The problem is really with the anti-virus vendors who keep targeting specialized fix tools and NOT with ComboFix. We can inform the developer but he has encountered this issue many times before and in most cases there isn't much he can do about it. Once the detection is reported to the anti-virus vendor, they are usually quick to fix it by releasing an updated definition database.

sUBs frequently updates ComboFix and much of his time is involved with doing that in order to keep ahead of the malware writers. The remainder is spent addressing bugs, issues and questions by forum experts helping others with infected computers. He simply does not have the time to submit samples to anti-virus vendors every time he releases a new version of ComboFix.
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